Tuesday, November 14, 2017


December 2nd 


Aszmara Master Class Series topic TBA

Anahid Sofian Studio
29w 15th St.
New York, NY 10011
  • Register with Aszmara via facebook or Aszmara@Aszmara.com

Saturday December 2nd 


An exploration of Synchronicity with baskets/ Debbie Despina

Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness Studio
29 Alden St, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Welcome back Debbie Despina with an ATS inspired Basket workshop. All levels welcome. No baskets necessary, but if you have one bring it. We will be creating Beautiful shapes with our basket while exploring Synchronicity. $45 in advance /$55 at the door.

Sunday December 3rd

Dalia Carella & Dance Fusion Arts, Inc. Present
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Workshops with Dalia Carella & Alice Giampieri

Don't Miss this Italian Dynamic Duo!

Where: Teatro Circulo, 64 East 4th St., 3rd Floor, NY NY 10003
Time: 11am. - 5:00pm.
Cost: $100 Pre-reg, $115 at door for both workshops
Individual: $55.00 Pre- Reg, $70 at door

Purchase Both with Pre-Reg Discount:


11- 1:30pm - Dalia Carella - Vintage Oriental/Flamenco Araby - Exploration into fusing two dance forms into one syllabus of romantic, passionate and fiery movement with integrity. Beautiful, arm and hand technique, hip movement and moderate skirt work will articulate into a combination/choreography to the beautiful Egyptian music classic "Yamsafir Wahdak". Please bring a chiffon oriental dance skirt at least 6 yds (no slits) or a full wide skirt used for tribal skirt dance or Roma (Gypsy) Dance.

Purchase Individual: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AMNCNC2HGP4XQ

2:30 - 5:00pm. - Alice Giampieri - Tribal Fusion --Technique, Fluidity & Expression -This workshop will explore the different aspects of movement -- fluidity, intensity, pace & tempo, and work on balance and suspension, level changes, body waves, and incorporate arm & leg movements. Alice will introduce new and innovative combinations that aim to breathe new life and organic vitality into your dance. You will be guided in a little game near the end of class focusing on how to vary movement with emotion and expression, and learning how your body and your dance reacts to the changes.

Purchase Individual: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6G4T4UCDUYMMY

info: www.daliacarella.com/classesworkshops

December 3 2017


Andrea & the Dancing Rubies present a
Holiday Celebration & World Food Program Fundraiser

at CCC-Creative Cultural Center St-Veronica
downstairs under St. Veronica church

Special Guests: Dance Artist, Elena Lentini
Musicians, Casey Bond & Raq Steady

exciting group dances by the Dancing Rubies
solos by Andrea, Chi, Helen, Magdalena, Megan, Raveena, Shieri, Sunny Chapman & Yuri

After expenses, all funds will be donated to the United Nations’ World Food Program USA
$0.50 will feed a child for a day
$5 could feed an entire family for 2 full days
$15 gives a 1 month supply of food to a hungry child

$20 in advance (until November 29)
$25 at the door, cash only

info & tickets: andreabeeman@gmail.com

Can’t make it to the show?
Access Sharethemeal.org from your mobile
Learn more & donate World Food Program USA

December 9th 

Workshop 10am-2pm
Show 5pm-8pm

MDA Holiday recital

Rates: $85 for both workshops/ $50 single
At the door: $95 for both workshops/ $60 single
** Dual workshop enrollments Includes entry to the show**
Times: 10am- 2pm
Show only: $20 /Single session workshop Participants: $15/ FREE show entry for full workshop participants
Times: 5pm-8pm
Location: VD & FC
243 Captain Thomas Blvd (REAR BUILDING)
West Haven, CT
Parking in the front lot only/ Please do not park in the driveway
Topic: TBA
Questions? Info@kelvia.com

December 9th 


Two-Faced: Pre-Holiday Makeup workshop for restaurant and stage

By Farha

265 W 37th St, New York, New York 10018
Learn about the different functions makeup plays, and how to tailor yours for different venues. We'll go over how contoring works, talk about the use of colorful eyeshadows, and explore the differences between makeup for close up gigs vs for hard stage lights and distant audiences. Farha has a BFA in theatrical production, where she learned makeup techinque.

Workshop is limited to 6 people. Bring your own makeup (Farha will give you a list of what to bring ^_~) 
$40 early bird price (register before midnight 11/30)
$55 after 12/1

You can register with the paypal button here: http://www.farhabellydance.com/workshops.html
or contact Farha

December 10th


Please join Tava, professional bellydancer, for her 20th Bi-Annual Evening of Bellydance! This exciting night returns to Factory Underground in Norwalk, CT (16 Isaac St.) on Sunday December 10th at 6:30PM.  $20 includes admission, light fare and mini-bellydance lesson. Once again, Tava is delighted to share this dance with her community.  Her students are working hard to master their choreography and the guest professional dancers are some of the finest representations of this dance.

This show is a tapestry of performances from folkloric to fusion featuring Vintage Oriental, Persian, Turkish, Raqs Sharki and modern examples that push the boundaries of traditional dance; molding it into a personal expression of creativity-- with a respectful reverence for its' roots.

Featured Guest Performers are: the incomparable Aszmara (NY), the sublime Riskallah Riyad (and her students), and the fantastic duo Despina and Irina (NY). These inspirational dancers are masters of their craft. The Manipura Dance Collective will present two new pieces and Tava's students from Work It Dance & Fitness will perform original choreography as well.

This is a dance of community and celebration. It is BYOB so bring your favorite elixir to share and come ready to learn a few moves. Discover why this ancient dance continues to explode in popularity and support 'Culture in CT.'

December 10th 


Join Despina and Kate for part 2 of our exciting new series of workshops "From Drillin to Thrillin" with special guest director of Tribe Hamsa ATS Belly Dance Maria Naja Richardson !!

Kate and Despina will be leading a class that will help you clean up your technique, and teach you a fun new combo with complex finger cymbal patterns created by Debbie Despina. This combo, called the "Flip Side" will wow your audience!

1-2 p.m. 
Our first hour will be:
-Despina's signature combo "On the Flip-Side" Great for duet and quads!
-Kate's flash light, balloon floreos (you are going to love this!)....
***Student level should be: 2/3

2-3 p.m.
Our special guest Maria Naja Richardson will be leading ATS® Dancing inFlow™ Prepare to have lots of fun, Naja always has the BEST playlists. Bring lots of water...and prep yourself for lots of dancing!

Limited to 12 people per class.

PayPal $18 per class.
$20 at the door per class.
Send paypal payments to: info@despinadance.com
Please add your first and last name in the notes section and which class you will be taking.

Our lovely assistant Cleopatress Altieri will be greeeting you at the door. Make sure to check in with her!

January 6th

Jo Boring brings ITS to New York City! January 6 & 7, 2018

This is Jo's first time teaching in NYC! She's bringing ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) technique, combos and group improv and we're putting on a show! Let the Beast Coast roar!

From www.improvisationaltribalstyle.com:
ITS is a combination-based form of improvisational dance created by Amy Sigil of Hot Pot Studio. This energetic dance is all about teamwork, having fun and being actively engaged in the moment. ITS relies on a shared vocabulary of movements, each initiated by a distinct cue movement. The leader initiates the cue movement, then a short, choreographed combination, or combo, is performed. These combos can be done in any order, and none of the dancers know ahead of time which movements the leader will cue next.

The workshops:

Hot Pot in the City! Introduction to ITS
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 10am-1pm
Explore some of the foundational material in both the slow and fast Level 1 vocabularies. Whether you are a first timer or someone looking refine their skills, this workshop is for everyone! Come and see what all the whooping is about - we'll sweat, laugh and have a grand ol' time together!

ITS Beast Mode
Sunday, January 7th, 2018, 10am-1pm
Let’s have some fun with some challenging material from Levels 1&2! We’ll explore exciting formation changes as well as challenge ourselves with some kick @$$ combinations and concepts. All are welcome, but familiarity with ITS is handy! Take the intro class to prepare yourself for BEAST MODE!

Single workshop: $55 until 12/15, $65 after
Both workshops: $100 until 12/15, $120 after
Payments via Paypal to: noellebrower@earthlink.net

Limited to 20 students

Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
Studio TBD
New York, NY

Show details to be announced

January 12th-13th

Bellydance Superstar Aubre Hill from Los Angeles teaches in NYC!

Fri Jan 12th, 7-9pm: Folkloric Roots
Sat Jan 13th, 2-4pm: Dancer's Body
Sat Jan 13th, 4-6pm: Layering Gone Wild

NOLA Studios, 244 W 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio B, New York, NY 10019

Single Workshop $45, $55 after Jan 5th
Full Package Deal (All 3 Workshops) $120, $130 after Jan 5th

Sign Up Now! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=20673&stype=-8&sTG=23&sVT=6&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000161&date=01%2F12%2F18

Folkloric Roots for Belly Dancers
Learn these essential folk dances of the Arab world used and referenced within bellydance. Explore the music and gain a greater cultural understanding of these dances. Including Saidi (Egypt), Ghawazee (Egypt), Debke (Levant), and Khaleegy (Gulf).

Dancer's Body: The Art of training (Lecture and workout)
Developing a self practice, importance of cross training, rehabilitation & how to best use your studio time to your advantage for efficient & effective progress. Aubre will lead this discuss providing essential information to build the best program for your dance training regardless of style as well as how to address weaknesses, injuries, and more. As a personal and group trainer for over 15 years, Aubre brings her experience of kinesiology & physiology, Pilates & yoga, fitness & wellness, and special population work to give students the tools necessary to open up their bodies for free expression. As dancers, our body is our tool. Don't let it hold you back. Please bring a mat or towel and notebook.

Layering Gone Wild
Drills to boogle your mind and your body. Learn how to build multiple layers to create moves and steps of your own creation to more fully express your music and dynamic self.

Aubre Hill is an international dance artist based in Los Angeles. Her training includes extensive years in Raqs Sharqi, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hiphop, Musical Theatre, Pilates, and Folkdance. This training forged a unique style earning her Assistant Director of the Bellydance Superstars, guest artist for "Fuse the World”, and her own show on the Discovery channel. Aubre created the Lumina Dance Co after coming off tour in 2005. She has produced a wide range of performances bringing together artists from different genres and backgrounds to express and explore various themes of art & culture. In the fall of 2011, she founded one of the first all Arabic folkdance companies in the US, the Qabila Foundation, and she is commonly seen performing & teaching extreme fusion along side traditional folkdance. Her technical finesse and emotive soul bring together the elements to move and inspire audiences around the world.

January 19th-21st

Back by Popular Demand!
Tribe Hamsa is proud to bring back world reknown Silvia Salmanca o NYC for a weekend of Swords & Skirts. To kick off the weekend, come see the show on Friday, Jan. 19 and be facinated by her and the other guest performances.

An Evening of World Belly Dance, Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30

SKIRTS: Saturday, Jan 20, 11a - 2pm
Have you ever wondered how the gitanas (Spanish gypsies) get to leave everyone speechless when they dance with their skirts? Now you have the chance to find out! In this workshop we will break down the skirt work that united with the arm movements, posture and expression will build up a brand new routine designed to catch the room on fire! Bring a skirt and your best ole!!

SWORDS: Sunday, Jan. 21, 11a - 2pm
Are you familiar with balancing a sword but itching to get some jaw-dropping moves? This is the workshop for you!!! Get ready to learn that with the right technique and know-how-to even the most difficult of moves can be mastered! Turns, spins, floorwork, drops and all sorts of mind-blowing steps! Promise will make you leave your fear at the door and make you feel empowered by the end of the workshop!

Tickets and Registration: https://silvia2018.bpt.me/

Early Bird $90 for each workshop, $165 Both Workshops
Prices after $115 for each workshop; $190 Both Workshops

January 26th 28th

February 2nd-4th

This 40-hour course is ideal for serious students, current and aspiring teachers. Participants who pass the written and practical exam and practice teach a minimum of 20 hours outside of the training will be awarded a Bellyqueen Teacher Training certificate of completion, others will receive a certificate of attendance. Deepen your bellydance practice and understanding of teaching tools, anatomy, history, culture, music, business and more with this training.

January 26th-28th, February 2nd-4th (2 weekend format)
January 26th 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
January 27th 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
January 28th 10am-7pm (8 hrs)
February 2nd 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
February 3rd 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
February 4th 10am-7pm (8 hrs)

NOLA Studios, 244 West 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio A & B, btw 7th & 8th Ave, NYC

$695 adv, $750 after December 26th
Online registration going live soon.
Students also get unlimited access to Bellyqueen weekly classes for the duration of the course

Questions? Please e-mail info@bellyqueen.com


Teaching Tools: 8.5 hours
Bellyqueen Beginner Curriculum & Combos: 7.5 hours
Music (Rhythm & Melody): 5 hours
Anatomy (Upper & Lower Torso): 4 hours
History & Culture: 3 hours
Business: 3 hours
Common Injuries and Prevention: 2 hours
Practical Exam: 2 Hours
Poses Galore & Postures for Different Bellydance Styles: 1.5 hours
Welcome & Overview: 1 hour
General Review: 1 hour
Written Exam: 1 Hour
Close: 30 minutes
The 11th Bellyqueen Teacher Training will be conducted by Kaeshi Chai, Lissa Michalak, Zafer Tawil, Brad MacDonald and Nancy Eder.

Kaeshi Chai co-founded the school and company, Bellyqueen and international community, PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment). She has performed and taught all over the world and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars and Jillina's Bellydance Evolution with whom she toured extensively with for 7 years combined. She has danced with Natacha Atlas, at BAM, Summerstage, and on the TV shows, Conan O’Brian and Blue Peter. She has hosted Tamalyn Dallal's Teachers Training for over a decade in NYC, is a 200 hr yoga certified instructor through Yogaworks and has undergone intensives through ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America), SEEDs (Self Esteem and Empowerment through Dance) with Myra Krien, Dancing through Pregnancy, Dances of Oneness with Banefsheh Sayyad, Sacred Circle Dance with Laura Shannon, People's Improv Theater, ATS with Carolena Nericcio, Level 1 training with Suhaila Salimpour, 9 month ASFYT anatomy course, dance and drama therapy at the New School. She teaches at the Bellyqueen School, Steps and to private clients and cross trains in contemporary at Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance. www.kaeshi.com
Lissa Michalak has been teaching movement for more than 23 years and is a confirmed anatomy nerd. She is a Middle Eastern dancer and is certified in both mat and equipment through IM=X Pilates, Pilates Institute of America, and the Kane School of Core Integration. Lissa taught teacher trainings at the Kane School before getting certified as a Dynamic Embodiment® practitioner. She is now a practicing Somatic Movement Therapist specializing in musculoskeletal injuries. www.somaticanatomy.com and www.inspirationandexploration.com.

Jerusalem-born Tawil Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the M
iddle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory. He was part of the Spirit of Fez U.S. Tour 2006 and has performed with some of the most celebrated world music artists, including violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen and Rai singer Cheb Mami. Zafer is continuously exploring the boundaries of Arab music, and has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion. You can catch Zafer playing one of his many instruments at extravagant private celebrations near his Brooklyn neighborhood, and at cultural centers such as Alwan for the Arts in Manhattan.

Brad MacDonald aka BradMack has been playing darbuka since 1999 and music professionally since 2007. He is featured on two CDs, The Middle East Side and The Silent D with his NY-based band, Djinn and he performs regularly with the Turkish fusion band, Carmine & Friends. He has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Morocco, China and Japan and he has taught throughout the United States, New Zealand and China.

Nancy Eder has been belly dancing for over 20 years. She considers herself a seasoned amateur, having studied with a variety of teaches including, but not limited to: the Goddess Dancing in Boston, Dunya in NYC, and Bellyqueen in NYC. Nancy has been an active member of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) for several years. In her professional life, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Nancy teaches in the History of Art department. She is a specialist in Asian art, especially concentrating on Buddhist and Hindu art. Nancy is also a Contractual Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she gives tours and gallery talks to adults mainly concentrating on the Met’s amazing Asian art collections.

Questions? Please e-mail info@bellyqueen.com

Januray 27th -28th

Come join us for a weekend of Creative ATS® belly dance workshops!

Alice Giampieri and Debbie Despina have joined forces to bring you two Powerhouses from the ATS® Community.

Drum Roll please…………. Philippa Moirai (London, UK) and Gudrun Herold(Black Forest, D)!! Yes these two amazing inspiring powerhouses are certified ATS® Bellydance instructors, Sister Studios to FatChance BellyDance® and members of the of ATS® Sisters Collective.

So save the date, Philippa and Gudrun will be flying into NYC after teaching at ATS® Reunion! 2018:

Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th; with a show on Saturday evening.****

The workshops will be advanced or intermediate. Please read the breakdown of the topics before registering and let us know if you have any questions.

New to this dance style?? Don’t sweat it, the Dynamo-Duet Despina andKate Reid will be kicking off the intensive weekend with a beginner’s workshop. Great for newbies but also for people looking for a refresher workshop.

*****Information about the show and pricing coming soon!


Saturday Workshops: (Exact time TBD)

Beginners ATS® with Despina and Kate:.
Learn the basics of this beautiful dance format. Kate and Despina will be breaking down the basics with their signature style: "drills that thrill" and "Shake Your Brain" a finger cymbal breakdown. Bring your zills.

Advanced ATS® with Philippa Moirai (2 hours):
Modern moves and combos created by FatChanceBellyDance®, Ghawazi Caravan, Devyani and Tamarind will be explored, delving into the finer details with the aim of gaining an indepth understanding of these steps and concepts. Thinking of lines, shapes and space, we’ll work on ways to smoothly transition in and out of them and add them to your repertoire. This workshop is most suited to those with a good knowledge of classic ATS®.

Experience Level: Intermediate -Advanced

Sunday Workshops: (Exact time TBD)

The ATS® Drum Solo – with Gudrun Herold (2 hours):
Percussive music with an emphasis on drums offer a lot of texture for the dancer. Let’s have a look at the percussive qualities of fast ATS® steps to make this texture visible, and enrichen your dance. Technique of some good old style ATS® advanced steps will be broken down and added to our vocabulary.
We will then put these concepts into practice and learn an original ATS® Drum Solo choreography which can be adapted for solo and group performances.
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Please bring zills

Tribal Skirts with Philippa and Gudrun (2 hours):
Not only do skirts look gorgeous, they can also add an element of playfulness or drama to your dance! Tribal movements, travelling steps, and spins will be taught with skirt work and drilled in combos that can be incorporated into your dance. Suitable for group and solo dancers.
Experience Level: Intermediate Props: Please bring a long full skirt (large enough to be held at the hem with arms at shoulder height)